Parda Faash: A two-day festival of films from South Asia
Mumbai, Maharashtra

Parda Faash: A two-day festival of films from South Asia

Parda Faash: A two-day festival of films from South Asia

In 1976, Satyajit Ray published Our Films, Their Films, an anthology of critical writing where he makes a compelling case for the role of cinema in shaping contemporary culture. Cinema, he argues, brings to life a universe that is both informed by the reality we inhabit and, in turn, shapes our collective understanding of the world around us.

With this idea in mind, Asia Society India Centre presents Parda Faash, a two-day festival of films from and about South Asia, to be showcased together in Mumbai for the first time. Developed in collaboration with Film Southasia and the Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai, the festival will feature contemporary, non-fiction films from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka that focus on gender, sexuality and the rights of marginalised communities in the region. The festival aims to spotlight and celebrate the work of independent filmmakers and artists from around the subcontinent – the unique voices of young storytellers who believe in the transformative power of cinema in South Asia.

The selection has been curated from Film Southasia ’22, the silver jubilee edition of the premier subcontinental biennial non-fiction film festival held in Kathmandu, Nepal. In between festivals, the best and most representative films travel the globe in an attempt to promote and popularise non-fiction films from the region.

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How To Reach Mumbai


1. By Air: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, formerly known as Sahar International Airport, is the primary international airport serving the Mumbai metropolitan area. It is situated about 30 km from the main Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) train station. Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji has two terminals. Terminal 1, or the domestic terminal, was the old airport referred to as Santa Cruz Airport, and some locals still use this name. Terminal 2, or the international terminal, replaced the old terminal 2, formerly known as Sahar Airport. The Santa Cruz Domestic Airport is about 4.5 km from the international airport. There are regular direct flights to Mumbai from most major cities in India and across the world. Buses and cabs are easily available from the airport to reach desired destinations.

2. By Rail: Mumbai is very well connected to rest of India by train. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is the most popular station in Mumbai. Trains to Mumbai are available from all major railway stations in India. Some important Mumbai trains of note are the Mumbai Rajdhani, Mumbai Duronto, and Konkan Kanya Express.

3. By Road: Mumbai is well-connected with national highways and expressways. Visiting by bus is economical for individual tourists. Government-run and private buses operate daily services. Travelling to Mumbai by car is a common choice made by travellers, and hailing a cab or hiring a private car is an efficient way of exploring the city.

The festival takes place at the Coomaraswamy Hall, CSMVS. CSMVS is easily accessible by road and rail transport. Direct buses going towards Colaba are ideal, and for those taking the local train, both Churchgate and CSMT are close by.



  • Free drinking water
  • Non-smoking
  • Seating

Covid Safety

  • Limited capacity
  • Socially distanced

Items to Carry

1. Carry clothes suitable for the shifty spring temperatures during March and April.

2. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations, and if the venue allows bottles to be taken inside.

3. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.

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